Study MBA in Ireland

For international students looking to progress in the world of business, a Masters of Business Administration qualification is often their number one priority.\r\n\r\nThe MBA is an internationally recognised degree respected by companies and institutions as a sign that you are prepared for a role in senior management.\r\n\r\nThe course is aimed at current business professionals who wish to move up to a more senior position, and the success rate of MBA students can be seen by their significant salary increase upon graduation.

Students who study the MBA in Ireland see their annual pay increased by 50-60% on average within a year of completion. Coupled with the reasonable fees of Irish business schools, this makes studying in Ireland a very attractive proposition.

All seven Irish universities rank in top 5% of global educational institutions, and all offer some form of business qualification. There are a total of twelve business schools offering the MBA in Ireland, but you should check the AMBA, AACSB, and EQUIS accreditations of these institutions before applying. Smurfit School is one of only 59 institutions worldwide to hold all three.

The cost of studying in Ireland as an international student for your MBA will be in the region of €10,000-€15,000. The cheapest institution is the IBAT College Dublin at €4,000, with the €29,000 fee charged by the top 100 ranked Smurfit School currently the most expensive.

Admission requirements for these courses vary between institutions, but most require either a bachelors degree, a professional qualification obtained through examination, or a substantial history of relevant work experience. The very best business schools may require all of these.

The Graduate Management Admissions Test must be taken by all potential MBA students, and a minimum score of 550 is required by most universities. You should check with each institution regarding this figure as it is liable to change annually.

In addition to an Irish Study Visa for non-EU international students, all prospective Irish MBA students must also prove their English language proficiency via the IELTS or TOEFL tests. A minimum score of 100 for internet-based tests, 250 for computer based tests, and 600 for the paper based test is required in TOEFL. Alternatively if taking IELTS you should score no lower than 6.5, with a minimum of 6 in any one section.

The majority of MBA courses take between one and two years to complete. It is important that you choose your MBA course wisely in order to fully benefit from it. In Ireland the following MBAs are available:

  • General MBA – For those who seek a general management role, a place in the finance industry, or those interested in corporate strategy.
  • Executive MBA – Tailored towards more senior corporate managers who wish to make the next step towards directorship and boardroom level.
  • Specialist / Joint MBA – Some courses are available which are directed at a particular sector. Very suitable if you wish to expand your skill-set within one particular industry.
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